Where I’m From by Mary Popham, Nelson County
I am from the knobs of Nelson County,
from Catholics, bourbon, corn and tobacco.
I am from a country store, the Monks Road, the Beech Fork River,
the old pike, the public school taught by nuns.
I am from a mama who sewed and sang, a daddy, the fiddler, who built our house.
I am from the weeping willow, the landmark of our home.
I’m from roses, garden vegetables, a milk cow,
From backyard chickens and purple martin boxes.
From the poison tree, fried squirrel and biscuits.
I’m from singing Latin in the church choir and pig-Latin and the book mobile.
I’m from letters saved and journals kept,
From Landing Run Creek and stories the aunts told.
From the May March and First Communion veils.
I’m from the Sears Roebuck catalog and Elvis pin-ups.
From the wonder of listening to the blues station on the radio at night,
then standing at the windowsill dreaming of my future husband.
As published on Kentucky Arts Council website established by Kentucky Poet Laureate, George Ella Lyon – Where I’m From